Moving your IP around

August 6, 2009

There are lots of reasons why you might want to seem to appear from a different IP address – some of the legitimate, others not so much!!  In my case, this was a project entering data into a webpage – the data is legitimate, but the webpage IP blocking (which was set up to stop spammers, quite rightly!) would only let me submit one set of data.

Enter the Tor project.  Take a look at their website and you’ll discover all sorts of uses for Tor but it was perfect for me right out of the box.  I’m running Debian Linux on my main computer anyway, so a quick edit to the sources.list file to add the Tor repository and apt-get install to do the work.

This installs two packages – Tor itself, and then Privoxy – between them they can route all your internet traffic through a network of random sites all over the world, making it much harder for anyone to see where you are connecting from.

One note of caution – you still have to configure your browser to use the proxy service – that part’s not automatic!  Full instructions are on the Tor website – surf in privacy and enjoy!

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